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|2009 Minnesota Vikings season|
|Head coach||Brad Childress|
|Home field||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome|
|Division place||1st NFC North|
Won NFC Divisional Playoff (Cowboys) 34–3|
Lost NFC Championship Game (at Saints) 28-31 (OT)
The 2009 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 49th season in the NFL. The Vikings improved upon their 10–6 record and defended their NFC North title from 2008; it was the first time that they had retained a divisional title since they won six NFC Central titles in a row between 1973 and 1978. They beat the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Divisional Playoff, but lost the NFC Championship Game in overtime to the eventual Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, missing out on what would have been their first Super Bowl since 1976.
It was their fourth season under the direction of head coach Brad Childress, and they played their home games at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Vikings had ten Pro Bowlers and four All-Pros on their roster, both league-highs for the season.
Quarterback Brett Favre announced that he would not sign with the Minnesota Vikings on July 28, 2009, after much speculation that he would. However, on August 18, Favre signed a 2-year contract worth $25 million with the Vikings.
On February 27, the Vikings traded a 2009 4th round pick to the Houston Texans for quarterback Sage Rosenfels. They then signed Rosenfels to a 2-year $9 million contract extension that will run through 2011.
On March 6, the team re-signed linebacker Heath Farwell to a 3-year $7.75 million contract.
On March 9, the team re-signed cornerback Benny Sapp to a 1-year contract.
On March 11, the team re-signed defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy to a 1-year contract.
On March 21, cornerback Cedric Griffin signed a 3-year contract extension.
On March 27, the team matched the Bengals' offer sheet for RFA fullback Naufahu Tahi.
On March 31, the team re-signed defensive end Otis Grigsby to a 1-year deal.
On April 6, the team re-signed defensive tackle Fred Evans to a 1-year deal.
On July 24, Antoine Winfield and the Vikings agreed on a 5-year extension through the 2013 season.
On August 18, after months of negotiations, the team signed formerly retired quarterback Brett Favre.
The Vikings had five selections in the 2009 NFL Draft; they had traded their fourth-round selection to the Houston Texans for quarterback Sage Rosenfels and, back in 2007, they had traded their sixth-round selection to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for quarterback Kelly Holcomb. In 2008, they received an extra 2009 seventh-round selection from the Washington Redskins for defensive end Erasmus James, but they used that extra pick to move from spot #158 to #150 in the fifth round.
The Vikings' top two selections, WR Percy Harvin and OT Phil Loadholt, both soon became 1st string players, while Jasper Brinkley finished the season as the team's starting MLB after E.J. Henderson suffered a broken leg in a Week 13 game against the Arizona Cardinals. Harvin was also voted the Offensive Rookie of the Year and was named as the NFC's starting kick returner for the 2010 Pro Bowl on January 31, 2010.
|2009 Minnesota Vikings Draft|
|Draft order||Player name||Position||Height||Weight||College||Contract||Notes|
|1||22||22||Percy Harvin||WR||5–11||192||Florida||5 years|
|2||22||54||Phil Loadholt||OT||6–8||332||Oklahoma||4 years|
|3||22||86||Asher Allen||CB||5–9||194||Georgia||4 years|
|4||22||122||Traded to the Houston TexansHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||Recap|
| Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Brett Favre made his Minnesota Vikings debut, going 1–4 for just four yards and no first downs converted in his two series under center; he nonetheless got a standing ovation from the sellout crowd at the Metrodome. Tarvaris Jackson completed two touchdowns, a 13-yard score to Visanthe Shiancoe and a 64-yarder to Darius Reynaud.
Week 3: at Houston Texans
Preseason Week 3: Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans – Game summary
Brett Favre completed 13 of 18 passes for 142 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown pass to RB Chester Taylor. Favre even got physical, laying a block (albeit an illegal one) on Texans safety Eugene Wilson.
Week 4: vs. Dallas Cowboys
Preseason Week 4: Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota
As well as playing their NFC North rivals both at home and on the road, the Vikings were scheduled to face opponents from the AFC North and the NFC West. They were also handed fixtures against the Carolina Panthers from the NFC South and the New York Giants from the NFC East by virtue of having won their division in 2008. Based on their opponents' results in 2008, the Vikings had the second-easiest schedule in the league in 2009, with their opponents having won 42.0% of their games in 2008.
|Week||Date||Opponent||Result||Record||Game site|| NFL.com|
|Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||Recap|
|Mall of America Field||Recap|
|(2) Minnesota Vikings||12||4||0||.750||5–1||9–3||470||312||W1|
|(5) Green Bay Packers||11||5||0||.688||4–2||9–3||461||297||W2|
The Vikings began their season at Cleveland Browns Stadium for a Week 1 interconference duel with the Cleveland Browns. In the first quarter, Minnesota trailed as Browns kicker Phil Dawson got a 37-yard field goal. The Vikings answered with kicker Ryan Longwell making a 21-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Minnesota took the lead as running back Adrian Peterson got a 1-yard touchdown run. Cleveland retook their lead as Dawson kicked a 20-yard field goal, along with wide receiver Joshua Cribbs returning a punt 67 yards for a touchdown.
In the third quarter, the Vikings took control as Peterson got a 1-yard touchdown run, along with quarterback Brett Favre completing a 6-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Percy Harvin. Afterwards, Minnesota put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter; Ryan Longwell nailed a 37-yard field goal, while Adrian Peterson got a 64-yard touchdown run. The Browns closed out the game with quarterback Brady Quinn completing a 26-yard touchdown pass to tight end Robert Royal.
With the win, the Vikings began their season at 1–0.